Ford Motor has announced that starting this fall will start selling its F-150 truck with a natural gas prep kit, making it the only half-ton pickup available so equipped.
According to the U.S. based automaker, the $315 option will be available for the 3.7-liter V6, and can be ordered with any F-150 configuration offered with that engine.
“Businesses and fleet customers have been asking Ford to make F-150 available with CNG capability to take advantage of the fuel’s low price and clean emissions,” said Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager.
“With the money saved using CNG, customers could start to see payback on their investment in as little as 24 to 36 months.”
The 2014 Ford F-150 CNG will be capable of running about 750 miles on a mixture of gas and CNG or LPG, though this is dependent on the vehicle’s natural gas tank size. The EPA had not posted any information about the F-150 CNG as of Tuesday.
Ford said CNG sells for an average of $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent and is as low as $1 in some parts of the country, “representing a significant savings over unleaded regular fuel.”
However, the lack of a refueling infrastructure remains the greatest hurdle to the wide adoption of these alternative fuels, but fleets often set up their own pumps at a central location and home fueling systems are available for houses already heated by natural gas.
The blue oval plans to sell a total of 15,000 CNG/LPG-prepped vehicles in the 2014 model year.